Apply for your child's primary school place

  • By Gemma Kappala-R...

With thousands of London children due to start primary school in September 2017, London Councils is reminding parents to ensure they apply for a school place before the 15 January deadline.

Every child born between 1 September 2012 and 31 August 2013 will need a primary school place for September 2017. The deadline for applications is 11.59pm on Sunday 15 January 2017.

Submitting a late application could affect the chances of a child being offered a place at one of their preferred schools as places will first be offered to those who applied before the deadline.

London Councils is also keen to dispel common misconceptions about the process of applying for a primary school place. For example, even if a child has an older sibling at a school, they still need to apply on time to be in with a chance of getting a place. Also, if a child is already in a nursery class at a primary school, there is no automatic transfer to the reception class.

Cllr Peter John OBE, Deputy Chair of London Councils and Executive member with responsibility for education, said:

“Starting primary school is an important step for four-year-olds across London and it’s only right that parents consider their options before submitting their application.

“However it is important that parents apply on time to have the best chance of securing a place at one of their preferred schools. Places are limited and demand remains high across the capital, yet last year 8,169 primary school applications in London were late.

“Therefore I would encourage parents to ensure they submit their application by the 15 January deadline. If you are unsure about the application process or want further information, please visit your local council’s website.”

Parents in London can apply for primary school places online via the Pan London Admissions Scheme:

Each applicant in London can list a maximum of six primary schools they wish to apply for and should list them in order of preference.

Parents will be notified of the outcome of their applications on Tuesday 18 April 2017.


Notes to editors:

Last year 7.3 per cent of the total number of reception class applications made across the 32 London boroughs and the City of London were late.

The Pan London Admissions Scheme co-ordinates applications for all maintained schools and academies in the 32 London boroughs, the City of London, Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent, Surrey, and Thurrock.

The Pan London Admissions Board has overall responsibility for the school place application co-ordination scheme. Membership of the board includes representatives of the Association of London Directors of Children’s Services, the London Inter Authority Admissions Group and the London Grid for Learning.

Applications for the 2017/18 academic year opened on 1st September 2016. After the 15 January deadline has passed, parents’ preferences will be ranked under each school’s oversubscription criteria to decide who will be offered a place. If a place can be offered at more than one school, the school listed higher by parents will be offered.